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ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
THE Strip has a new headliner, Wayne Brady. This is hardly a surprise, because Brady's trial run earlier this year at the Venetian was extended through the end of June. Still, Brady has just inked a deal to perform 26 weeks over the next year starting Aug. 4 at the Venetian. A regular gig in Vegas is the sort of opportunity far more famous performers would kill for. But leaving aside fame and talent, few displayed the Vegas savvy of Wayne Brady in creating this show.
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BUSINESS
June 21, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Never mind. Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian has abandoned his effort to buy two of MGM Mirage's premier Las Vegas developments, the Bellagio casino-resort and the $7-billion CityCenter development. The announcement Wednesday by Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp.
TRAVEL
June 3, 2007 | Lark Ellen Gould, Special to The Times
LAS Vegas takes its smoke seriously. So seriously, in fact, that recent changes in the state's smoking statutes have sent tavern brass to court and mall-walking tobacco lovers to the nearest smoking-allowed lounge, which is all good news to the city's elegant and aromatic cigar bars. You will find dozens of smoke dens throughout the valley. Places such as the Tinder Box and the Whiskey Attic sell the usual brands of sticks and stogies with a sofa or two for those who want to smoke on site.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2007 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian already owns a controlling 56% stake of MGM Mirage, one of the world's largest hotel and gaming companies. Which is why investors found the enigmatic Los Angeles investor's latest move all the more puzzling: He wants to carve out for himself two of the company's prized landmarks on the Las Vegas Strip. Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp.
TRAVEL
May 13, 2007 | Catharine Hamm
Question: I booked two midweek nights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and even received an e-mail confirming my reservation. Imagine my surprise when I arrived and was told that there was no room for me and that they were moving me across the street to Hooters. I told the desk clerk and her supervisor I would not stay there. After much arguing, they found me a room at New York New York. Is this a common occurrence?
NATIONAL
May 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A man who had just gotten off work at a casino hot dog stand was killed when a homemade bomb exploded as he picked it up off the roof of his car outside a Las Vegas Strip resort, authorities said Monday. A woman who left the Luxor hotel-casino with the victim and was standing nearby escaped injury when the device blew up just after 4 a.m. on the top level of a two-story parking garage, according to police and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
TRAVEL
May 6, 2007 | Debora Vrana, Special to The Times
GOING to Las Vegas without seeing a show is like getting married there without an Elvis impersonator. But how do you score the best bargains in a town where 75 ticketed shows are playing? How do you beat the ticket brokers and the high rollers to get a decent seat at a decent price? The stakes have never been higher. The average cost of a production-show ticket (excluding tour headliners) is $68.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
It's going to Vegas, baby. "Jersey Boys" is joining the migration of high-rolling Broadway blockbusters to Sin City. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the story of Frankie Valli and '60s pop group the Four Seasons, will take up residence in early 2008 at the new Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, currently under construction.
TRAVEL
April 22, 2007 | Kevin Capp, Special to The Times
JUST a few years ago, the prospect of an electronic-music resurgence in Las Vegas would have been laughed off by many of the city's club heavies as a pipe dream, a fairy tale that die-hard fans might have told themselves. That was then. Now, thanks in part to the efforts of true believers, the dance-centric subgenre, which sounds like disco high on technology, is coming back -- and more and more casino clubs want a piece of the action.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
SHORTLY after clocking in for his Saturday night shift, Ernest Ganem begins scanning the sky above Las Vegas for planes. Soon he sees one, and yes, it's performing a landing pattern. So Ganem, 55, whose shift runs from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., heads to the airport to get a crack at the newly arrived passengers. He's been driving a taxi in Vegas for 17 years, and his job has changed with the town.
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